New intern at the ITRC

This spring, the ITRC is hosting a new intern Clay Appell, who is studying at the University of Prince Edward Island. During his internship he will be supersvised by Vera Vilhjálmsdóttir, ITRC, and working on projects in conection to the OUTPACE project on pop culture tourism. Due to Covid, his internship is taking place long-distance, but we are happy to have him onboard (via the computer screen).

Here is more from Clay himself:

My name is Clay Appell and I am from Toronto, Canada. I am currently pursuing my M.A. in Island Studies in the Tourism Management subfield at the University of Prince Edward Island. I also possess a B.A. in Geography and Environmental Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University.

My research interests include studying ‘overtourism’ and its various impacts on small island nations and learning how islands states around the world can ‘green’ their tourism industries by pursuing sustainable, low-carbon alternatives to traditional ‘brown,’ mass tourism.

During my internship with ITRC, I will write a literature review on popular culture tourism, with a primary emphasis on film/screen tourism. The literature review will be focused on European and/or island/rural contexts. I will additionally conduct a preliminary analysis of interviews held with various stakeholders in Iceland in connection to the OUTPACE project. The objective(s) of the latter endeavor will be to delve into the main themes that have been identified, and to see if any other themes or subthemes can be gleamed from these interviews.